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 Sobha Singh  (1901 - )

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Sobha Singh was born in 1901 at Sri Hargobindpur (Gurdaspur), India. It was here where S. Sobha Singh learned to draw and sculpt. In 1905, his mother Bibi Acchran died. His father S. Deva Singh died in 1917. He learnt and mastered painting by self practice. In 1919 he was present in Jalianwala Bagh at the time of firing. Later, he joined the British India army as a draughtsman and was posted at various places in Iraq. He studied European Paintings and got inspiration from the works of English painters.
In 1923 he left the army and returned to Amritsar where he opened his art studio. In the same year, he married Bibi Inder Kaur on Baisakhi day. He worked from his studios at Amritsar, Lahore (1926) and Delhi (1931). At Delhi, S.Sobha Singh got opportunity to participate in art exhibitions and won several award and medals. Portrait painting being his forte, he was commissioned for doing portraits of several rulers of Indian states.
In 1946 S. Sobha Singh went back to Lahore and opened his studio at Anarkali and was working as an art director for a film when he was forced to leave the city due to partition of the country. He moved empty handed to Andretta, a picturesque village in the lap of Himalayas and stayed there till his last.
He received wide acclaim for his art, which he pursued vigorously all his life. He got several awards and was felicitated by several organizations. He was honored with Padamshree, one of the National awards by President of India. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting released a documentary film 'Painter of People'. BBC, London also prepared a documentary on him. He was conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by Punjabi University, Patiala.

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